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    Day to Day Activities - Wednesday, June 16th

Primaries for Statewide Office

The Elliott Student Union hosted the primary elections for statewide elected officials Wednesday morning. This election would determine who the nominees from each party would be, formalizing the slate of candidates for the statewide general election. Because the polls were open all morning, campaign season was in full swing for those candidates making a last minute push for support. For the first time this week the majority of the day was reserved for governmental activities meaning that citizens were free to carry out any responsibilities they hold, meaning that citizens who have dedicated their week to running for a statewide office were free to visit other cities, host fundraisers, and participate in media events. For some, their campaigns would unfortunately end early this afternoon when the nominees were announced. Many of these citizens will go on to hold positions as campaign managers or political strategists for their fellow party members, as they have all received a formal education in campaigning through their School of Instruction. For those nominated by their parties, their campaign is only beginning.

Citizens frequently participate in city meetings, which is where the rubber hits the pavement at Boys State. Although policy is often handed down from the state and county levels, citizens take on the week as a team with their city. From athletic competition to dinnertime chants, the city is the most important unit in the program. Daily city meetings allow for every citizen to review the day's events and discuss the best way to move forward as a group. After all, Model City is the highest honor presented at Boys State and requires every citizen's support.




Gubernatorial Debate

The recently selected gubernatorial candidates took part in a debate today in front of all of Missouri Boys State. The two candidates used this time to answer questions asked by the Boys State Media. The topics ranged from taxes, viewpoionts on potential laws, and other various issues. The candidates used this time to lay out the ideals and values of their party at the Executive level. The debate was a great success; both candidates doing their best to persuade the citizens to vote for them.

Joint Party Rally

Tonight at the evening assembly, a joint party rally was held in Hendricks Hall. The auditorium was split down the middle: Federalist on one side, Nationalists on the other. The purpose of the rally was to give the candidates of both parties a chance to showcase themselves in front of all of Boys State. Each candidate was given an allotted time slot to give a speech as to why they should get elected to the position they were campaigning for. After the rally, the citizens went back to work on their cities while hopeful State Elected Officials traveled around the campus, convincing citizens to vote for them on an individual level. Tomorrow the 81st Session will decide who will be representing them in the Executive branch of the State.

MBS Record

The citizens of Missouri Boys State publish a paper that is delivered to the citizens every morning. Copies of this paper are published here every day for your enjoyment. Today's edition is available here.

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In addition to almost 500 Citizen attendees, Missouri Boys State brings over 150 volunteers that give over a week of their time to make this session possible.



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